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June 22, 2014

Winamac's Roth to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Ceremony will take place Wednesday in West Lafayette

Tim Roth’s name is synonymous with Winamac football.

His name will now be synonymous with the Indiana Football Hall of Fame as well.

Roth will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach at a ceremony Wednesday at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms in West Lafayette.

“I can’t believe it,” Roth said. “I’m unbelievably, totally humbled by it.”

Roth, 59, called the honor “icing on the cake” of a 33-year coaching career at Winamac. He is 215-133 (.618) and has won four sectional titles and two regional titles. He is the 10th winningest active coach in state history and 40th overall.

Roth is coming off one of his finest seasons yet. The Warriors went 13-1 and were semistate finalists last fall, matching the accomplishments of the 2000 team.

He said he will continue coaching “until it’s not fun.”

“I’ll be 60 in August. If I can keep my staff together that I’ve got now I can go till I’m 62,” he said. “The key for me is it’s still fun. I enjoy the practices more than the games and being around the kids and having a small influence on their lives. I help some of them head in the right direction and do the right thing. As long as I do that and the people in the community appreciate the effort, I’ll continue to do it.”

Roth added it’s not a one-man show leading the program.

“I’ve had a lot of good assistant coaches and a very supporting wife and family. I get a lot of support from people at school. Most importantly I’ve been blessed to have a lot of good players and understanding parents who see the big picture that wins and losses are important but that there are a lot more important things in life than winning football games,” he said.

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